GEO-Walking

Introduction

Bitácora organizes a 7 days geological walking holiday through the Cabo de Gata Geopark. Guided excursions in small groups. Getting to know Spains largest vulcanic area, walking along the edges of the Carboneras fault and across the bottom of dried up oceans between the rising mountains of the Betic Cordilleras, and along beautiful  bays and rugged rocky coasts.

Next excursion from the 22th to the 30th of March 2019.

Price per person 590 euro.

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Geo Walking

Bitácora organizes a 7 days geological walking holiday through the Cabo de Gata Geopark. Guided excursions in small groups. Getting to know Spains largest vulcanic area, walking along the edges of the Carboneras fault and across the bottom of dried up oceans between the rising mountains of the Betic Cordilleras, and along beautiful  bays and rugged rocky coasts.

You will get a clear picture of the consequences of the collision between the African and the European continent. You will see the visible precense of the Carboneras fault and you will understand the sort of vulcanism that is likely to appear in collision zones. We will discover the coral reefs at the top of the vulcanoes and learn about the tropical conditions and the high seawater level some 6 million years ago. We will find fossile beaches at the foot of the Betic Cordillera as well as huge sediment packages covering the old ocean bottom.

Next excursion from the 22nd to the 30th of March 2019.
Price per person 590 euro.
8 nights stay at the Bitácora apart’hotel.

Included

  • 8 nights stay at the Bitacora apart’hotel
  • Prices based on 2 persons per apartment
  • Breakfast and fieldlunches included
  • All local transport as well as airport shuttle included
  • Geological tour guides: dr. Anne Fortuin or Andrea Forzoni PhD
  • Geological guide (75 pages) included
  • Minimum 6 and maximum 12 participants

Not included

  • Airline tickets
  • Dinner and drinks
  • Travel insurance, accident insurance

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Book by Email

Geology

You will get a clear picture of the consequences of the collision between the African and the European continent. You will see the visible precense of the Carboneras fault and you will understand the sort of vulcanism that is likely to appear in collision zones. We will discover the coral reefs at the top of the vulcanoes and learn about the tropical conditions and the high seawater level some 6 million years ago. We will find fossile beaches at the foot of the Betic Cordillera as well as huge sediment packages covering the old ocean bottom.

Useful Information

Included

  • 8 nights stay at the Bitacora apart’hotel
  • Prices based on 2 persons per apartment
  • Breakfast and fieldlunches included
  • All local transport as well as airport shuttle included
  • Geological tour guides: dr. Anne Fortuin or Andrea Forzoni PhD
  • Geological guide (75 pages) included
  • Minimum 6 and maximum 12 participants

Not included

  • Airline tickets
  • Dinner and drinks
  • Travel insurance, accident insurance

What’s Where?

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Bitácora

The Bitácora is a small scale, intimate apart`hotel, situated in the heart of the Cabo de Gata nature reserve, overlooking the nearby village of Las Negras and the Mediterranean. The small scale apart`hotel combines the freedom and the privacy of an apartment with the luxury and convenience of a hotel. Guests can choose from a range of services or make specific requests.

Day 1, Rodalquilar – Hotel Bitácora

In Rodalquilar you will visit the geological museum “Casa de los Vulcanes” and the old gold mine installations. From a geological perspective you are in the center of the former Rodalquilar Caldera, a big oval krater (8 km by 4 km) that collapsed 11 miljon years ago. The remains are still visible. From Rodalquilar we walk through the red-weathered soil of the Caldera towards the Playazo beach. You will see and find marine fossiles and sediments. Great sea views.

Day 2, From Cabo de Gata to the Monsúl beach

Getting to know the vulcanic complex of Cabo de Gata At the Almoladeras rambla you will find one of the best records of fossil beaches from 250.000 to 95.000 years in the Western Mediterranean. You will see the Cabo de Gata salt works and flamencos. You will see an excellent outcrop of massive volcanic rock. The white-coulored rocks (ignimbrites) are produced by highly explosive eruptions. These are the oldest rocks in the area, more than 12 million years. We will see columnar jointing, typical of massive rocks. It is produced through the slow cooling of lava after its emplacement. The have a hexagonal shape and they have been utilised for paving roads. The amazing cliffs and beaches

Day 3, Bitácora – Hermita del Fraile

You will learn about the vulcanic rocks of the Rodalquilar Caldera. We will see the Cinto ignimbrites, they are the result of highly explosive eruptions that took place when the caldera collapsed. The impresive result of weathering. We wil visit the Hermita del Fraile (famous scenery in many movies). Ans we will see the coral deposits on top of the Cerro Blanco.

Day 4, the Sorbas and Tabernas basins

We will learn about the interaction between tectonics, sealevel and climatechanges. A wide range of deposits can be found both basins. Muddy marlstones, sandstones, turbidites, gypsums, coral reefs and limestones. You wil see the fossile beaches near Sorbas and the Badlands of the Tabernas desert.

Day 5, Bitácora – Playa del Plomo

A fascinating walk along the coast. From Las Negras tot the Agua Amarga basin. Vulcanic bombs, a coral reef colony and old fortresses at the San Pedro beach.

Day 6, walking along the Rio Alias to Argamasón

Faulded surfaces and a strike-slip fault: the visible presence of the Carboneras fault. We will see a striking, metric scale trough cross-bedding that formed some 1,5 million years ago in a strait connecting the Almería-Níjar Basin to the Mediterranean Sea. There is a beautifull old watermill at Molino de Abajo.

Day 7, From Polopos to Lucainena de las Torres

We follow the old mineral train track that started in Lucainena to Agua Amarga. From Polopos we walk down to the rambla viewing traditional Andalusian agriculture. We will see old coastal structures, the growing visbility of the metamorphic rocks of the basement and many different types of faults.
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Bitácora

The Bitácora is a small scale, intimate apart`hotel, situated in the heart of the Cabo de Gata nature reserve, overlooking the nearby village of Las Negras and the Mediterranean. The small scale apart`hotel combines the freedom and the privacy of an apartment with the luxury and convenience of a hotel. Guests can choose from a range of services or make specific requests.

Day 1, Rodalquilar – Hotel Bitácora

In Rodalquilar you will visit the geological museum “Casa de los Vulcanes” and the old gold mine installations. From a geological perspective you are in the center of the former Rodalquilar Caldera, a big oval krater (8 km by 4 km) that collapsed 11 miljon years ago. The remains are still visible. From Rodalquilar we walk through the red-weathered soil of the Caldera towards the Playazo beach. You will see and find marine fossiles and sediments. Great sea views.

Day 2, From Cabo de Gata to the Monsúl beach

Getting to know the vulcanic complex of Cabo de Gata At the Almoladeras rambla you will find one of the best records of fossil beaches from 250.000 to 95.000 years in the Western Mediterranean. You will see the Cabo de Gata salt works and flamencos. You will see an excellent outcrop of massive volcanic rock. The white-coulored rocks (ignimbrites) are produced by highly explosive eruptions. These are the oldest rocks in the area, more than 12 million years. We will see columnar jointing, typical of massive rocks. It is produced through the slow cooling of lava after its emplacement. The have a hexagonal shape and they have been utilised for paving roads. The amazing cliffs and beaches

Day 3, Bitácora – Hermita del Fraile

You will learn about the vulcanic rocks of the Rodalquilar Caldera. We will see the Cinto ignimbrites, they are the result of highly explosive eruptions that took place when the caldera collapsed. The impresive result of weathering. We wil visit the Hermita del Fraile (famous scenery in many movies). Ans we will see the coral deposits on top of the Cerro Blanco.

Day 4, the Sorbas and Tabernas basins

We will learn about the interaction between tectonics, sealevel and climatechanges. A wide range of deposits can be found both basins. Muddy marlstones, sandstones, turbidites, gypsums, coral reefs and limestones. You wil see the fossile beaches near Sorbas and the Badlands of the Tabernas desert.

Day 5, Bitácora – Playa del Plomo

A fascinating walk along the coast. From Las Negras tot the Agua Amarga basin. Vulcanic bombs, a coral reef colony and old fortresses at the San Pedro beach.

Day 6, walking along the Rio Alias to Argamasón

Faulded surfaces and a strike-slip fault: the visible presence of the Carboneras fault. We will see a striking, metric scale trough cross-bedding that formed some 1,5 million years ago in a strait connecting the Almería-Níjar Basin to the Mediterranean Sea. There is a beautifull old watermill at Molino de Abajo.

Day 7, From Polopos to Lucainena de las Torres

We follow the old mineral train track that started in Lucainena to Agua Amarga. From Polopos we walk down to the rambla viewing traditional Andalusian agriculture. We will see old coastal structures, the growing visbility of the metamorphic rocks of the basement and many different types of faults.